25 days in California, Olympic National Park & Seattle Itinerary

25 days in California, Olympic National Park & Seattle Itinerary

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San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Healdsburg
— 1 night
Drive
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St. Helena
— 3 nights
Fly to Seattle, Bus to Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Bainbridge Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Seattle
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, and discover the deep blue sea with Trident Divers.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Diego day trip planning website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to San Diego is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May: highs in San Diego hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Carmel

— 1 night
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Your day by day itinerary now includes Pebble Beach Golf Links. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and finally explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

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You can drive from San Diego to Carmel in 8 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in May: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 21°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Golf · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Point Sur State Historic Park, stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Big Sur trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Big Sur are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, and then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, make a trip to Washburn Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Simeon in May, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 21°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, get curious at Exploratorium, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Healdsburg

— 1 night
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
On the 25th (Wed), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Healdsburg trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours
Highlights from your trip

St. Helena

— 3 nights

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Wine Tours & Tastings and VGS Chateau Potelle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Sonoma Valley and Balloon Rides. Go for a jaunt from St. Helena to Napa to see The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum about 36 minutes away. It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and identify plant and animal life at Bothe-Napa State Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to St. Helena takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in St. Helena are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Olympic National Park

— 3 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Get in touch with nature at Ruby Beach and Second Beach Trail. Take a break from Olympic National Park with a short trip to Merriman Falls in Quinault, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Rialto Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hurricane Ridge, witness a stunning natural landmark at Sol Duc Hot Springs, and hike along Sol Duc Falls.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Olympic National Park itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from St. Helena to Olympic National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from St. Helena in May, you will find days in Olympic National Park are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Alki Beach, make a trip to Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Seattle trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Olympic National Park to Seattle in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, Seattle is somewhat warmer than Olympic National Park - with highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Napa Valley travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.